Gateway National Recreation Area, a 26,000-acre park embracing the shores of New York Harbor in both New Jersey and New York, contains critical habitat for over 300 species of birds, including over 100 species of conservation concern. Many of those species have shown significant declines in recent years. I join New York City Audubon in calling upon the National Park Service to make protection and restoration of wildlife habitat the highest priority in the creation of its new General Management Plan. Threatened by loss of habitat and climate change, many of these species have nowhere left to go in the region, and Gateway must be managed as a last refuge for them.
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